First glance at Week 2

September, 11, 2012
9/11/12
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Let’s start taking a quick by-the-numbers look ahead to the NFC South’s Week 2 games with some help from ESPN Stats & Information.

Buccaneers at Giants
  • The Bucs snapped their 10-game losing streak with a victory against Carolina in the opener. But the Bucs still are looking for their first back-to-back wins since Weeks 3 and 4 last year. The Bucs have lost seven straight games against non-division opponents.
  • New York quarterback Eli Manning is 2-4 in his last six September starts.
Saints at Panthers
  • New Orleans has started 0-2 only once in the last 15 seasons. That was 2007, when the Saints started 0-4 and didn’t make the playoffs.
  • New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees has two active streaks going. He’s thrown for 300 yards in an NFL-record eight straight games. He also has thrown a touchdown pass in 44 straight games, only three short of Johnny Unitas’ record.
  • The Panthers have lost their last four meetings with the Saints.
  • Carolina quarterback Cam Newton had career lows in rushing attempts (five) and rushing yards (4) in Week 1. I think it’s safe to guess the Panthers might try to run Newton a little more after seeing what Robert Griffin III did to the Saints on Sunday.
Broncos at Falcons
  • I think the Falcons better be prepared to see a lot of the no-huddle offense out of Peyton Manning and the Broncos. In Week 1, the Broncos scored 25 points on four drives while going without a huddle. On the three drives they didn’t huddle, the Broncos produced zero points.
  • I also think you’ll probably see a lot of three-receiver sets from the Falcons. In Week 1, Matt Ryan was 18-of-22 (81.8 percent) for 208 yards and three touchdowns when the Falcons had three receivers on the field.
  • Atlanta’s Julio Jones has at least one receiving touchdown in each of his last five games. That’s the NFL’s longest active streak.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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